By: Tanner Watkins
July 11, 2019 | 10:00 AM
Good morning to all of our friends and followers of Open-Wheels! IndyCar action returns this weekend with the Honda Indy Toronto’s latest edition, and that means we get another week of Fantasy IndyCar competition as well!
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Last time out at Road America, my team made some minor gains but there is still work to be done before I close out the season! Check out my picks to click below for the final street course race of 2019!
Scott Dixon, Chip Ganassi Racing ($30)
It seems that with any track the NTT IndyCar Series travels to, Scott Dixon is a former winner. Toronto is no different as the New Zealand native is a three-time victor on the street circuit and is tied for the lead with wins in “The Six.”
With Dixon sitting fourth in points, nearly 100 markers off of leader Josef Newgarden, the No. 9 Honda driver needs Toronto to be another successful trip to keep the championship hopes alive. With an average start position of 5.57 and an average finish position of 7.29, Dixon is expected to be in contention all day.
A strong finish this weekend seems like a prerequisite if Dixie is going to keep his championship hope alive. Look for the PNC Bank Chip Ganassi Racing team to be on their toes during this weekend’s festivities.
Sebastien Bourdais, Dale Coyne Racing ($24)
Another driver with wins all across the IndyCar schedule is fellow open-wheel veteran Sebastien Bourdais. With 14 starts to his name (just like Dixon) the Toronto track serves as a second home for the Frenchman.
A two-time winner in the streets of Toronto, Bourdais carries an impressive average finish of 6.14 at the circuit into this race weekend – the best mark of all drivers with three or more starts. Furthermore, Bourdais has four pole awards from Toronto races, which leads all drivers as well.
Expect Seb to be in the thick of things for both the pole and the win this weekend.
Will Power, Team Penske ($29)
We are selecting a Team Penske driver to the favorites section – but it isn’t the points leader.
Adding a further international flair to this week’s favorites, Will Power is tied with Dixon as drivers with three wins in Toronto. While the average finishing position is worse for Power than the two guys mentioned previously – an even 10.00 – the Aussie does have five podiums and six top-five finishes at Toronto.
Four races ending in accidents have hurt Power’s average finishing position, so if the end result can be more like the No. 12 driver’s average start position (5.14) then things will be looking up for Power.
Marco Andretti, Andretti Autosport ($24)
Yes, I am actually going with Marco here with potential for a fine finish this weekend. The third-generation Andretti driver has a respectable average finishing position of 9.17 in 12 NTT IndyCar Series starts, and he has been running at the end in each of those starts.
Additionally, Marco has historically qualified poorly at Toronto (16.33 average) and still found a way to finish in the front half of the field. Considering the No. 98 team’s qualifying woes this year, that bodes well for them entering this weekend.
Perhaps Marco can steal a top-10 this weekend or even sneak into the top-five with some luck or strategy.
Graham Rahal, Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing ($26)
It has been a strong year for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing thus far in 2019 with Takuma Sato sixth in points and Graham Rahal not much further behind in eighth.
Graham doesn’t possess a great resume on the streets of Toronto – just four top-ten finishes in 13 starts – but the Ohio native has been impressive this season with an average finish of 7.5 on street courses in four starts.
If Rahal is going to reverse his trend of rough luck north of the border, it seems 2019 is his best chance yet.
James Hinchcliffe, Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports ($24)
You may think that James Hinchcliffe wouldn’t quite qualify to be a sleeper pick any time that IndyCar visits his native Canada, but his previous results may not lend the Honda driver to be a trendy pick.
In nine Toronto starts, Hinch does have a couple podium finishes but just an overall finish average of 11.22. With just one DNF to his name, the results have been very hot and cold for the No. 5 pilot.
At a price of just $24, Hinch is cheap enough to provide some value if you are running out of funding in the $100 alotted weekly salary provided by Fantrax. One of these years, Hinch will find that storybook win on his home soil – who knows, it could be this year.
With that being said, here are my picks for the Honda Indy Toronto.
Tanner’s Fantasy IndyCar Picks
- Scott Dixon, Chip Ganassi Racing ($30)
- Sebastien Bourdais, Dale Coyne Racing ($24)
- Marco Andretti, Andretti Autosport ($24)
- Colton Herta, Harding Steinbrenner Racing ($21)
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